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Global Health Gap Year

Our Global Health Gap Year calls those whose hearts beat to see communities thriving – physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

The Global Health Gap Year is designed for both those that have experience in the health / development industry, and for those who simply have a heart to pursue missions in the healthcare context.

Whatever your journey might be, this is not your average gap year experience! The Global Health Gap Year is about meeting real needs, bringing hope, and seeing your life transformed in the process.

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How it all works

Step 1: Build your foundations

The first five months of your journey will begin in sunny Townsville, Australia where you will do a global health and development focused YWAM Discipleship Training School (DTS). During the first half of the course, you will learn about different topics each week from experienced speakers.

Topics include:

  • The Nature and Character of God
  • Hearing God’s Voice
  • Identity
  • Relationships
  • Biblical Worldview
  • Living a Missional Life

In addition to receiving transformational discipleship and strong biblical teaching, you will have the opportunity to get a taste of some elements of global health and development from interactive sessions with trainers actively engaged in our work in Papua New Guinea and Australia. This is designed to fuel your understanding on what it means to transform a community while preparing you for your DTS outreach.

The DTS includes 13 weeks of lectures and nine weeks of outreach in Australia and/or Papua New Guinea.

Step 2: Dive in deep into healthcare missions

During the next 22 weeks of your gap year, you will complete our Introduction to Global Health and Development School. You will be immersed in a powerful combination of essential basic healthcare knowledge and community development training, with a focus on preventing illness, promoting holistic wellbeing, and empowering communities to develop their strengths.

Your course will start at our campus in Townsville, Australia where you will undergo 12 weeks of training and 10 weeks of outreach with hands on experience in Papua New Guinea. A short portion of your outreach may also be in Australia.

Dates and Cost

Dates

26 January 2020 – 11 December 2020

12 July 2020 – 2 July 2021

Cost

Course fee: $9,490 AUD*

Outreach travel expenses: $4,000 – $5,800 AUD

Your fees include all of the training you will receive during the DTS and Introduction to Global Health and Development and 19 weeks of outreach during your DTS and the Introduction to Global Health and Development. Your training includes all your meals, accommodation, free wifi, laundry facilities, transport, an Australian wildlife experience (meet a koala and feed kangaroos!), and use of our campus facilities including library, computers, lecture rooms, chapel, courtyard, and cafe – right in the heart of the city, close to the beach, restaurants, and shops.

Your outreach includes all of your meals, flights, accommodation, transport, t-shirt, any extra visas, insurance, and field supplies.

*Does not include travel costs to and from Townsville, food or accommodation between courses, visa, health insurance and immunisations. Additional travel costs may be added for outreaches further abroad during your DTS.

Topics

Discipleship Training School

Topic 1 – Develop relationship with God
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to successfully respond to the truth that God makes Himself known to all people and to God’s grace in initiating relationship. It requires the ability to gain life-changing understanding of who God is and how He communicates through the Bible, prayer, and worship in order to adjust beliefs and behaviours.

Topic 2 – Develop Christin Character
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to make responsible decisions that bring joy to God and glorify Him in response to God’s holiness, lordship and love. It requires the ability to live in right relationship with God and others. It also requires the ability to recognise Jesus’ authority and respond in surrender and dependence in all areas of life.

Topic 3 – Contribute to a Youth With a Mission community
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to successfully contribute to an international, apostolic missions community of Youth With A Mission. It requires the ability to understand Youth With A Mission’s purpose, beliefs and values to make a positive contribution to the community. It also requires the ability to live in right relationship with God, authorities and others.

Topic 4 – Practice spiritual authority
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to exercise the authority every believer has to make a significant contribution for spiritual breakthrough. It requires the ability to walk in spiritual authority through intercession, worship and strategic prayer. It also requires the ability to recognise the activity and influence of Satan and the authority given to every believer through Jesus Christ.

Topic 5 – Contribute to evangelism
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to successfully proclaim the truth that God pursues the lost and desires all to be saved through Jesus Christ. It requires the ability to communicate God’s truth in a way that demonstrates His character. It also requires the ability to show God’s love through acts of compassion.

Topic 6 – Participate in a Christian mission outreach team
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to make a meaningful contribution towards the completion of the Great Commission through serving in a Christian missions team. It requires the ability to engage in the preparation of and participation in team activities in a variety of settings. It also requires the ability to adjust to another culture and review outreach activities.

Course Work

The Discipleship Training School is a combination of heart revelation and head knowledge with an emphasis in practical application. There is also a component of written course work which helps students understanding reach a deeper level as processing and application takes place. Our assessments utilise a range of methods including: journals, workbooks, book reports, outreach reports, self-assessment checklists and supervisor reports. The DTS is a holistic in nature and units of competency are delivered concurrently enabling you to develop your skills, knowledge and character.

* for recognition of prior learning/course credit, please see the Staff and Student Handbook.

Introduction to Global Health and Development

Unit 1 – Communicate and work in health or community services
The skills and knowledge required to communicate effectively with clients, colleagues, management and other industry providers

Topic 2 – Work with diverse people
The skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

Topic 3 – Recognise healthy body systems
The skills and knowledge required to work with basic information about the human body and to recognise and promote ways to maintain healthy functioning of the body.

Topic 4 – Provide advanced first aid
The skills and knowledge required to provide an advanced first aid response, including management of the incident and other first aiders, until the arrival of medical or other assistance.

Topic 5 – Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
The skills and knowledge required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks.

Topic 6 – Follow safe work practices for direct client care
The skills and knowledge required for a worker to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others in work environments that involve caring directly for clients. It has a focus on maintaining safety of the worker, the people being supported and other community members.

Topic 7 – Confirm physical health status
The skills and knowledge required to obtain and interpret information about client health status and to check a client’s physical health. It requires a detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology. This unit applies to individuals working directly with clients and who assist in the provision of health care services. Some disciplines may be subject to state/territory regulatory determination regarding delegation and supervision.

Topic 8 – Provide first aid in remote situations
The skills and knowledge required to provide first aid response and emergency life support to a casualty in a remote and/or isolated situation.

Topic 9 – Take clinical measurements
The skills and knowledge required to prepare for, obtain and record simple clinical measurements.

Topic 10 – Assist clients with medication
The skills and knowledge required to prepare for and provide medication assistance, and complete medication documentation. It also involves supporting a client to self-administer medication.

Topic 11 – Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
The skills and knowledge required to understand and respond to instructions; to carry out routine tasks and communicate with a range of internal/external clients in a medical environment; as well as use appropriate medical terminology.

Topic 12 – Contribute to Christian missions team activities
The skills and knowledge required to demonstrate the character of God through life and missions. It requires the ability to have a growing relationship with God that is reflected in relationship with others.

Topic 13 – Implement community development strategies
The skills and knowledge required to work with individuals, groups and the community to identify issues and develop cooperative processes to facilitate change.

Prerequisites

Applicants need to have graduated High School or equivalent and has a sense of call to Christian Missions.

International Students

You will be required to meet the english proficiency requirements for your visa. Chat to your registrar about the requirements needed. 

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Discipleship Training School

Our Discipleship Training School (DTS) gives you the opportunity to set aside five and a half months of your life to grow in your faith while serving the world around you. After 13 weeks of training and discipleship at our campus in Townsville, Australia, we take you on nine weeks of cross-cultural outreach. You will also have the option of choosing an elective, giving you the opportunity to explore your passions and calling. The DTS is a life-changing experience!

2020 Dates
  • 26 January – 26 June, 2020
  • 19 April – 18 September, 2020
  • 12 July – 11 December, 2020
  • 18 October 2020 – 19 March 2021
 2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
  • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
  • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
  • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022

 

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Global Health DTS

The Global Health DTS is for those who have a passion for health and community development.

2020 Dates
  • 26 January – 26 June, 2020
  • 19 April – 18 September, 2020
  • 12 July – 11 December, 2020
  • 18 October 2020 – 19 March 2021
 2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
  • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
  • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
  • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022

 

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Youth Ministry DTS

The Youth Ministry DTS is suited for those who are passionate about empowering and equipping teenagers to realise their potential and live a life of purpose. 

2020 Dates
  • 26 January – 26 June, 2020
  • 19 April – 18 September, 2020
  • 12 July – 11 December, 2020
  • 18 October 2020 – 19 March 2021
2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
  • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
  • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
  • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022

 

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Trekking DTS

Our Trekking DTS is for those that love hiking, are willing to rough it in the bush, and are up for a physical challenge in the least explored country on earth - Papua New Guinea.

2020 Dates
  • 26 January – 26 June, 2020
 2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 2 July, 2021

 

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Trailblazer DTS

Do you dream of unexplored places, adventure, and making a difference? The Trailblazer DTS is for pioneers, explorers, and people who crave adventure.

2020 Dates
  • 12 July – 11 December, 2020
 2021 Dates
  • 18 July - 17 December, 2021

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Reef to Outback

The Reef to Outback DTS is a classic Australian experience where you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Aussie culture while growing in your faith and connecting with communities.

2020 Dates
  • 26 January – 26 June, 2020
  • 19 April – 18 September, 2020
  • 18 October 2020 – 19 March 2021
 2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
  • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
  • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022

 

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Performing Arts DTS

The Performing Arts elective is for those who have a passion for music, dance, and other forms of creative arts; particularly with a Pacific Islands expression.

2020 Dates
  • 12 July – 11 December, 2020
 2021 Dates
  • 18 July - 17 December, 2021

 

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Media & Radio DTS

The Media & Radio DTS calls for those who are passionate about using photography, videography, radio broadcasting, writing, and other forms of media to share stories that inspire hope and change! 

2020 Dates
  • 26 January – 26 June, 2020
  • 12 July – 11 December, 2020
 2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
  • 18 July - 17 December, 2021

 

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All Generations DTS

The All Generations DTS is a classic DTS experience that welcomes the young and old, and everyone in between. It is a unique way to learn from one another while serving the world around you.

 

2020 Dates
  • 12 July – 11 December, 2020
 2021 Dates
  • 18 July - 17 December, 2021

 

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Resources

Joining us for a Discipleship Training School (DTS) or Gap Year with us soon? We have compiled a few resources to help prepare you for the amazing journey that’s ahead!

 

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For Parents

Do you have a child that is interested in a YWAM DTS or Gap Year? We have created some resources for you as your child navigates their YWAM experience. 

 


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Global Health & Development Gap Year

Our Global Health & Development Gap Year calls those whose heart beats to see communities thriving - physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. The Global Health & Development Gap Year is designed for both those that have experience in the health / community development industry, and for those simply with an interest in healthcare missions who are needing a bit of headspace before diving into university. The Global Health & Development Gap Year is about meeting real needs, bringing hope, and seeing your life transformed in the process!

2020 Dates
  • 26 January - 11 December, 2020
  • 12 July 2020 - 2 July 2021
2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 17 December, 2021
  • 18 July 2021 - 1 July 2022

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Media & Communication Gap Year

Today, with new media technologies emerging one after another, we have more capacity to communicate than ever before! Media and communication is a powerful tool to influence change in communities. Our Media & Communication Gap Year combines our DTS and Cert IV in Marketing and Communication (BSB424215) and is designed for those who have a desire to use media and communications to affect lives, communities, and nations. You will have the opportunity to grow in your faith while sharpening your communication skills before you put them into action both abroad and in an office environment. 

2020 Dates
  • 26 January - 11 December 2020
 2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 17 December 2021

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Volunteer

Whether you are an experienced health professional, a university student, an enthusiastic young person, or a skilled mariner, we invite you to consider volunteering aboard the MV YWAM PNG in Papua New Guinea!

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Advocate

Join the YWAM Medical Ships team by becoming a Community Ambassador or Youth Ambassador in your local community. 

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The Ship

The MV YWAM PNG is equipped with a dental clinic, day procedure unit, laboratory, four patrol tenders, and accommodation for 130+ volunteers. 

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Our Footprint

In collaboration with national, provincial, and district health authorities, we reach isolated communities throughout the Southern Region and Morobe Province.

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Ship Locator

 

View the current location of the MV YWAM PNG!

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Annual Reports

Read or download our annual reports. 


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Join YWAM Staff

Our volunteer staff team is a diverse mix of different nationalities, ages, skills, giftings, and backgrounds. Their dedication and passion makes what we do possible and we are always looking to expand our team!

 

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Communication

Good communication is essential for strong relationships, healthy families, and communities! Our mission is to help mobilise effective communicators to share good news and influence change. Our communication pathways are tailored to suit your level of experience and the time you are willing to invest.

 

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Global Health

Our global health pathways include options for both experienced healthcare professionals, and those who are looking to be trained. Whether you are supporting logistics or in the thick of treating patients in a remote village, you can be assured that you will play a vital part in helping to build healthy lives, communities, and nations!

 

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Hospitality

Hospitality is a powerful gift that helps build community and shows care for the individual. Our hospitality pathways are designed to help equip you to deliver various aspects of hospitality with excellence.

 

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Events

Events have the power to strengthen hope and build community. Our events pathways will equip you to create unique events with excellence and a bit of pizazz!

 

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Training

Training is the key to multiplication! Our training pathways are about equipping others with the skills, knowledge, and character they need to serve communities.

 


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Youth Precinct

Youth Adventures is the ultimate service based learning opportunity for young people. Wel do all the work for your school or youth group so you can do the mission!

 

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Youth Adventures

Youth Adventures is the ultimate service based learning opportunity for young people. We do all the work for your school or youth group so you can do the mission!

 

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School Programs

Our school programs are designed to empower and motivate youth to live full and productive lives. Book these engaging and interactive seminars to strengthen your young people. 

 

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Registered Training

Our certificate level training is values-based and gives young people the opportunity to practice skills while serving their local communities.

 

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Youth Ambassadors

As a Youth Ambassador you will have the opportunity to lead your peers and the wider community in helping to support the work of YWAM Medical Ships in Papua New Guinea.

 

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Work Experience

We offer the opportunity for students to complete their work experience at our city campus in Townsville. This unique opportunity gives students the ability to not only explore a future career pathway, but also get a taste of working with a local charity that is dedicated to serving the community.

 


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Introduction to Global Health & Development

Be immersed in a powerful combination of essential basic healthcare knowledge and community development training, with a focus on preventing illness, promoting holistic wellbeing, and empowering communities to develop their strengths.

2020 Dates
  • 26 January – 26 June, 2020
  • 12 July – 11 December, 2020
2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
  • 18 July - 17 December, 2021

 

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Introduction to Communication, PR & Marketing

The Introduction to Communication, PR & Marketing is a 12-week course (with an optional additional ten-week practicum) that lays essential foundations in communication, while advancing your skills, confidence, and application in a broad range of disciplines. 

BSB42415 Certficate IV in Marketing & Communication

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Introduction to Staff & Leadership Development

A staff internship with a difference! This is a two year, hands on course that trains you in the core aspects of being a full-time volunteer with YWAM anywhere in the world. The skills and knowledge you will gain during the two years apply to much more than just the missions context, they can be transferred to your next job, ministry opportunity, or further study. 

10173NAT Certificate IV in Christian Missions

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Diploma in Advanced Leadership Development

The Diploma in Advanced Leadership Development  is a hands-on, two-year course that gives you the opportunity to develop your understanding of leadership from a Biblical perspective. The training includes a combination of classroom-style learning, practical application, and mentoring. 

10174NAT Diploma of Christian Missions Leadership

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Certificate III in Business Administration

This course is a great introduction into the business world. Your learning will give you a broad set of skills including financial administration, document production, workplace organisation, and customer service. The course includes a combination of online study and volunteer work experience at the YWAM Townsville City Campus, allowing you to gain real ‘on the job’ experience within the context of a charitable service. 

BSB30415 Certificate III in Business Administration

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Certificate III in Events

Our mission is to train and empower event coordinators who can facilitate excellent events that inspire and promote celebration. This course will provide a pathway for you to work for event or exhibition organisers in a range of industries. These include the tourism, travel, hospitality, sport, cultural, and community sectors. 

SIT30516 Certificate III in Events

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Certificate III in Hospitality

At the heart of our hospitality training is the desire to impart to students how excellent hospitality can express a sense of peace, value, and belonging. A Certificate III in Hospitality provides a pathway to work in restaurants, hotels, cafés, and coffee shops. 

SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality

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Introduction to Radio & Media

Introduction to Radio & Media will equip you as a radio announcer, podcaster, or audio producer. As part of your training, you will be working at 99.9 Live FM where we are announcing to over 26,000 listeners in North Queensland with the message “It's Good to Be Alive.” 

CUA31015 Certificate III in Screen and Media

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Certificate I in  Construction

Construction is an integral part of building infrastructure and stronger communities. A Certificate I in Construction is a great introduction into the construction industry. This course will equip you with the basic skills and knowledge for the use of construction tools and materials, interpreting and reading plans, taking measurements and making calculations. 

CPC10111 Certificate I in Construction

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Our Training Approach

Our vocational training is designed for those who are seeking not only a qualification, but also an opportunity to use their vocation to serve others. We combine elements of informal, formal, and non-formal education to not only impart knowledge and skill, but also good character, important life skills, and the motivation to serve and invest into the lives of others.


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Volunteer

Looking for an opportunity to serve while meeting new people and experiencing a new culture? We have a range of dynamic volunteering opportunities in both Australia and Papua New Guinea for both groups and individuals of all ages.

 

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Building Blitz

From 19 April to 4 July 2020, we are calling on tradesmen and general volunteers to give us a hand as we build new apartments for our full-time volunteer staff at the YWAM Townsville City Campus and complete other smaller projects around our centre and at the newly acquired Youth Precinct. 

 

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Mission Build

Mission Building is a volunteer program that gives you the opportunity to experience life at our campus all while supporting our work in Australia and PNG. Join us for two weeks to three months at a time that suits you!

 

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Medical Ship

Whether you are an experienced health professional, university student, enthusiastic young person, or skilled mariner, we invite you to consider volunteering aboard the MV YWAM PNG in Papua New Guinea!

 

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Discipleship Training School

Our Discipleship Training School (DTS) gives you the opportunity to set aside five and a half months of your life to grow in your faith while serving the world around you. After 13 weeks of training and discipleship at our campus in Townsville, Australia, we take you on nine weeks of cross-cultural outreach. You will also have the option of choosing an elective, giving you the opportunity to explore your passions and calling. The DTS is a life-changing experience!

2020 Dates
  • 26 January – 26 June, 2020
  • 19 April – 18 September, 2020
  • 12 July – 11 December, 2020
  • 18 October 2020 – 19 March 2021
 2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
  • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
  • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
  • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022

 

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Youth Adventures

Youth Adventures is the ultimate service based learning opportunity for young people. We do all the work for your school or youth group so you can do the mission!